The Detroit News reports that in the city of Flint, "Nine abandoned homes were torched Monday and Thursday, and a dozen burned in a four hour period last month. The week before, a civil rights pioneer was killed in his upper-income neighborhood. Two weeks earlier, one of the police mini-stations erected as a solution to rising crime was burglarized."
Because the city is broke, the number of police was cut by two-thirds. Patrols take hours to respond to calls. Even if suspects are apprehended, the city jail has been shut for three years and the county jail is full. "The criminals freely roam the streets while residents huddle in their homes...." Is this really the brave new world that Tea Party voters wanted? Is this the smaller government that they wanted?